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    Alaska, NorthPort in crucial matches in race to quarterfinals

    Mar 24, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    SURVIVAL is the name of the game for both NorthPort and Alaska on Sunday.

    The two take on separate opponents in the PBA Philippine Cup whose outcome would have a huge impact in their bid for a quarterfinals berth.

    The Batang Pier battle the TnT Katropa in the 4:30 p.m. curtain raiser at the Smart Araneta Araneta followed by the Aces battling the defending champion San Miguel Beermen in the 6:45 p.m. main game.

    The Aces (4-5) and Batang Pier (2-6) are fighting for a spot in the playoffs, although a loss would definitely hurt their chances of advancing to the next round.

    Alaska, which is coming off a 92-77 win over Meralco, incidentally will have NorthPort for its final opponent on Wednesday.

    NorthPort is on a six-game slide after winning their first two games. After TnT and Alaska, the Batang Pier will have Barangay Ginebra Kings for their final assignment shortly after the All-Star break.

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    TnT Katropa and San Miguel, however, have their own agenda.

    Although both are already guaranteed playoff berths, the two power teams are still fighting for a better position in the quarterfinals,

    The Katropa still have a shot at No. 2 seed for a twice-to-beat advantage in the next round. The telecommunication franchise is currently on a hot five-game winning run that raised its record at 7-3, just a game behind second running Rain or Shine (8-3).

    The Beermen on the other hand, are at 6-4 and looking to finish the elimination round as the No. 3 seeded team.

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